Re: [CR] 1974(?) Raleigh Professional

(Example: Racing)

Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2009 10:22:46 -0500
From: "Dmitry Yaitskov" <dima@rogers.com>
To: "Strickler, George M Jr." <gstrickler@tulane.edu>
In-Reply-To: <63905F71CF9A794F80217187D219FA4B0200E23A@EX07.ad.tulane.edu>
References: <63905F71CF9A794F80217187D219FA4B0200E23A@EX07.ad.tulane.edu>
Cc: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [CR] 1974(?) Raleigh Professional


Hi,

Saturday, October 31, 2009, 11:46:58 AM, Strickler, George M Jr. wrote:
> Last Spring a list member sold me a very well-preserved
> frame in my size which I think is a 1974 (serial #A9177). It's one of
> the black/silver models. I just got around to building it up. I
> think everything is right except for the pedals and saddle. The
> wheels, stem, bars, derailieurs and cranks are from the right
> period. The wheels are ones that I raced on 35 years ago - Campy Record
> HF and Weimann rims. I do have a vintage Brooks Pro but, as old as
> it is, it still rides like a 2x4 or maybe two 2x4's. The Ideale
> saddle is reasonably comfortable and looks right. The pedals?
> What can I say? I want to ride the bike. Anyway, this is it.
> http://picasaweb.google.com/Choburger/RaleighProfessional

Nice bike. Interesting that in the "made in Italy" words on the stem, "Italy" is apparently spelled "JTALY" ( http://tinyurl.com/yknktng ) - was it a common thing or is that some kind of a rarity, like a misprint on a postal stamp making it rare?

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Cheers,
Dmitry Yaitskov,
Toronto, Canada.